Machinarium is a point and click puzzle game released by Amanita Design Web Site.
You play a cute little robot who is dumped on the scrap heap. You need to help him rebuilt himself and get back into the city.
The idea of the game is simple. Solve the puzzle on the screen to gain access to the next screen.
The game is control by using the mouse to click on items and move to locations on the screen.
You can only interact with items when you are close to them. This can sometimes leave you walking around the screen and looking hard for “Quest” items. Fortunately, there is help available in game.
Another nice thing the game does is when you are not doing things the robot thinks about the past, shown in a think bubble.
The sound is very good, however, it is the graphics is where this game really shines, it is a beautiful game to look at and the characters are very likeable.
On the upside:
- Likeable hero.
- Excellent puzzles.
- Wonderful graphics with a hand drawn style.
- Nice use of the Touch interface for some of the sections.
On the downside:
- Some of the puzzles are tricky
- Objects for the puzzle move slightly, but you need to get near them to see you can interact. Sometimes I missed the item needed until looking hard at the screen.
- Limited to the iPad 2 at the moment, which is a shame.
Overall, this is a charming little adventure, very much in the style of classics like monkey island. It has a unique, but familiar feel. It is beautifully drawn and you could well imagine the characters making the break out of the computer game and into a cartoon series etc. The puzzles are well thought out, but you will more than likely need to use the walkthrough to complete the game, as some of the puzzles solutions cannot be just guessed. If you love point and click adventures then I can heartly recommend this one.
Size: 340 MB
Price (at time of review): £2.99